Title: A high prevalence of Dupuytren's disease in Flanders
Authors: Degreef, Ilse ×
De Smet, Luc #
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: Acta Medica Belgica
Series Title: Acta Orthopaedica Belgica vol:76 issue:3 pages:316-320
Abstract: Dupuytren’s disease has been the subject of numerous
epidemiological surveys attempting to expand our
knowledge on its origin and spread. In Flanders,
although numerous studies on surgical outcome
have been reported, information on prevalence of
Dupuytren’s disease is lacking. Therefore, Flanders’
population in a non-hospital environment was studied
by a clinical evaluation performed by a single hand
specialist. Five different market places spread geographically
in the 5 Flemish provinces of Belgium were
visited to examine the hands of randomly chosen individuals
over 50 years old visiting the market. In all,
500 people were examined ; Dupuytren’s disease was
found to be present in 32% of the population. Nodules
without finger contractures (stage 1) were seen in 24%
of the population, in comparable proportions in males
(28%) and females (20%). However, finger contractures
(stage 2) were seen in 8%, significantly more
often in males (11%) than in females (4%). The prevalence
of stage 1 is somewhat lower in individuals over
80 years old. In men, the incidence of stage 2 was found
to increase with age. These findings were compared
with literature data on the prevalence of Dupuytren’s
disease in other countries and populations. It appears
that, similar to northern Europe, Dupuytren’s disease
is also a common disease in Flanders.
ISSN: 0001-6462
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Orthopaedics Section (-)
Research Group for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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